One New Single, TWO New Albums and a New Tour Announced for Ed Hale
Modern rocker turned Adult Contemporary star Ed Hale
has been feeling the love of thousands of new fans since he set the “Scene in San Francisco
”—his most recent hit single which reached the Top 15 on the FMQB AC40 Chart and Billboard’s Top 30. They’ll no doubt be joining him in spirit as he takes a solitary stroll on “I Walk Alone,” the new single from his solo album Ballad on Third Avenue
The brand new digitally remixed and re-mastered radio version of the moody, melodic pop-rock anthem — which differs significantly from the track that appears on the album–will be released to iTunes on the same day (July 9) it hits radio nationwide. “New Orleans Dreams,”
the first single from Ballad on Third Avenue, also hit the Adult Contemporary Top 40 climbing to #10.
Those who have followed Hales’ extraordinary career over the past decade know that he is not just about those soaring ballads. His band, long time indie-rock stalwarts Ed Hale and the Transcendence
, are releasing yet another new album less than nine months after last year’s rock epic All Your Heroes Become Villains
Songs from the oft rumored about and much anticipated bubblegum pop/indie garage rocker The Great Mistake have been making rounds on the internet for years, but it will finally see an official release by mid-summer. “This isn’t exactly a ‘made for commercial’ kind of thing,” Hale says, “it’s loose and raw. But it’s one of our all time favorites as a band and we figure if you can’t make the kind of music that gets you off, then why make music at all?”
Hale and his band will soon embark on a ten-city tour that will feature songs from both Hale’s solo albums and all the Transcendence albums. The shows will feature the entire crew of Transcendence alumni reunited and playing on stage together for the first time since 2008.
The tour kicks off with a homecoming show at the Gibson Showroom
in Miami before heading to other Gibson Showrooms in nine major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Las Vegas and Nashville.
Ever the prolific musical over-achiever, Hale is also currently working on a new solo album due out in early fall. The project is being produced by Ex Norwegian
frontman (and Transcendence bassist) Roger Houdaille
and features contributions by all the usual members of Transcendence and honorary members of the band.
Hale is recording the as yet untitled collection at The Shire and Bear Creek Studios
in Seattle, where many notable artists have worked over the years, including Fleet Foxes
and The Foo Fighters
. The singer is so far mum on the overall vibe of the album but is thus far telling fans it will be “more electric and upbeat glam-pop than the last one”—consistent with the Brit Pop influence of his recordings with the Transcendence.
Bear Creek Studios engineer Jake McCaffray recently commented, “Ed Hale’s bareboned and hyper creativity is thrilling. It’s an honor being a part of putting it to record.”
Ed Hale‘s latest Top 20 single “Scene in San Francisco” will be one of the featured songs during the pre-movie music soundtrack in all 256 uber-cool Landmark Theatres around the United States in the month of May. Other artists featured in May include Keane, Rufus Wainwright and Kris Allen. In 21 metropolitan cities and reaching an estimated 29.4 million arthouse Theatre diehards, if you happen to live in one of the following cities you just might have a chance to hear the song for yourself, at the movies. Cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.
Liquid Hip Magazine interviewed Ed Hale in it’s April 25th edition in a piece entitled Ed Hale On Your Heroes And Villains.
“These bands that get in the studio for two years and are forced to record 50 to 70 songs in order to come out with 10 tracks and the record companies are still not happy … they’re looking for ‘hit singles’ rather than a great fucking album. Well, we haven’t been working that way. — Ed Hale And The Transcendence
Nothing Ed Hale does is by the numbers. Even his band, Ed Hale And The Transcendence, isn’t structured like others. It includes five core members, five guest members on every record, and another five musicians who sit in with the band for live productions. That doesn’t count Karen Feldner, who has provided vocals for the band since their first album, Rise And Shine.
Yet, despite its sheer size and scope, the band has managed to maintain a distinct sound, even if it is one that can be hard to pin down. Their fourth studio album, All Your Heroes Become Villains, has been described as everything from a concept album of Brit-pop and world music to seventies glam rock and progressive alternative, but it is really something else all together. Continue reading…
“It wasn’t supposed to be a concept album, but we were trying to make sure the songs were connected in some way because critics had said our albums ‘weren’t cohesive enough.’ We didn’t know that was one of the rules to making albums,” Hale laughs. “It was only later, with a lot of it coming from DJ Kamran Green, that we started hearing how the songs could be tied together. This guy smoked more pot than anyone I had ever seen in my life. He’s got this medical marijuana card, right? So he smokes out 24-7!”
It was also Green, Hale says, who would stay up after everyone else had called it a night between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. When the band would return in the late morning, Green would still be working — creating brilliant little snippets of music that would be incorporated in all the songs, tying them together, and giving it a “rock opera” like quality.
All Your Heroes Become Villains is a collection of personal insights.
One of the most powerful songs on the album, “Blind Eye”, carries a potent message. Hale has always been regarded as an outspoken social and political activist, but this song throws its hands up in the face of everything, moving from protests that feed the system and toward passive apathy, just to survive.
“Sometimes I want to feel that way. I did when I wrote it. I mean, regarding how evil all the governments of the world are, yes, I feel that way,” Hale said. “You and I know that I can’t get into that here, in a public domain. But that’s what the song is really about … the fact that we are forced to turn a blind eye to all of it.”
Instead, Hale points to a host of entertainers that mostly stay away from politics and take matters into their own hands. People like Bono for his work in Africa, Sting and his wife Trudy saving rainforests in Brazil, and Matt Damon attacking water shortages, he said. Instead of trying to change legislation, he points out, they go out and get it done.
“Blind Eye” isn’t the only politically charged song on the album. “We Are Columbine” is equally poignant, laying the ownership of what Hale considers injustices on the societies that make them possible. Musically, it’s one of the best rockers on the album. Lyrically, it is among several songs Hale says he didn’t write as much as they wrote themselves.
“It’s a hard song to stomach if you don’t agree with the position it takes,” says Hale. “It didn’t take anything to write, but I had to ask myself if I had the courage to write it. To say those things.”
To read the complete article head to Liquid Hip online by clicking here.
Longtime Ed Hale and The Transcendence guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo talks about the recording process of the band’s latest album, All Your Heroes Become Villains, available at music stores everywhere, amazon.com or the iTunes music store.
“The All Your Heroes Become Villains album was recorded in a very interesting time of my life… a thrilling two week love affair I had with a talented singer had just ended and I was down in the dumps. I had an awful haircut ordered by a Latin artist I was touring with and I was totally ready to make an amazing record with Transcendence. (We ended up making two but that’s another story!)’ [Editor’s note: Perdomo is referring to the band’s often leaked and lauded but as of yet unreleased The Great Mistake album.]
“Upon arriving to the studio, I knew instantly this was gonna be an interesting project. Ed now lived in New York City but he had flown down to stay indefinitely to finish the album with the band. He was so amped up. Everyone was. He had this artist, Gina Rowland, who he had met online, there working on her art for the album cover in the studio with us while the songs were being recorded. She sat quietly and listened to get influenced and inspired by the music. We fell in love instantly…
“Recording my guitars was hard on the record because Ed had strict rules for what he wanted … No Santana, No Blues, No Allman Brothers, No Clapton, No Springsteen… He had all these annoying signs hanging up on the walls. He was constantly making signs with big magic markers and hanging them all over the studio walls. “There’s no such thing as over produced” and “There’s no such thing as not enough production”. Contradictions everywhere. All the time. The process was confusing. He was searching for something…. He was being very fluid. Also, the songs had some heavy metal influences and electronica elements to it that did not make sense to me at the time… but again he was searching for something else, something we hadn’t done before.
“Halfway through the making of the record I went off to LA to join the band PRICE. That’s when Zach Ziskin took over… He had already tracked guitar on the album. He’s like the fifth Beatle of Transcendence. My LA and PRICE days ended with my mom getting diagnosed with Cancer. I came back and added my guitars to the album. We panned Zach’s guitar part towards the left, mine towards the right, and Ed’s rhythm guitars dead center. The crazier I played the more it fit the album! That’s Transcendence.
“Years later… I almost cried listening to the finished record in my car… The album is a masterpiece… and a real testament to Ed Hale’s writing and vision and the whole band’s genius… and EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE. And so is life… you never know what will make sense in the end…”
New interview with Transcendence singer/songwriter Ed Hale to appear in Pens Eye View Magazine on March 9th. Hale talks about his latest hit single “Scene in San Francisco” becoming the Hot Shot Debut of the Week in Billboard Magazine, and other songs on his Ballad on Third Avenue album including “New Orleans Dreams”, as well as what life is like on the road, how he overcomes stage fright, his band’s new Dark Knight-themed album All Your Heroes Become Villains and what it’s like having hit songs on Adult Contemporary radio when you “play in a rock band”.
A concept album of sorts, Ed Hale and the Transcendence‘s All your heroes become villains is a collection of songs tackling different genres. Not too diverse to be disparate but still different enough to be dissimilar, it harks to some brit pop, some prog rock and, of course, some blues based rock.
After a strange, chaotic and almost cacophony-laden intro (‘All your heroes become villains – Main Theme’), the band goes for a more straight up approach. ‘Blind eye’ has a foot clearly planted in 70s arena rock with some good ol’ riffing (rocking moments there). It’s a wild song and it’s a safehaven after the more experimental nature of the opening track.
Read full review: http://sloucher.org/2012/01/10/ed-hale-and-the-transcendence-all-your-heroes-become-villains/
Ed Hale’s newest single “Scene in San Francisco” was released to radio and retail this week and debuted at #2 on the FMQB Most Added Chart tying with Kelly Clarkson and Roberta Flack. The unstoppable Train took the #1 spot with their latest release “Drive By”. Hale’s “New Orleans Dreams” is still in the Top 40, falling to #33 this week.
1. What are you currently up to?
a. Currently up to our necks is what we’re up to! Total madness. But a very cool kind. Semi-controlled madness. Just a lot of incredible things happening right now all at the same time. It’s a thrill and a rush for sure. But it also requires extreme focus and attention, which isn’t usually the stuff of artists if you know what I mean… More than anything else I’d say we’re all very excited about the upcoming release of the new Transcendence album All Your Heroes Become Villains. It’s hitting retail and digital stores all over the world as we speak and people are loving it. The concept of the album is resonating with people at this time. One critic called it “The perfect soundtrack to a beautiful apocalypse.” That pretty much sums it up I’d say. So that’s a good thing. Right now t’s making a big splash on College Radio here in the States.
b. Oddly enough, at the same time we’ve got this other thing happening with my last solo album Ballad On Third Avenue which was totally unexpected. The second single “New Orleans Dreams” has been climbing up the Adult Contemporary charts here in the US and spinning in 21 other countries. Including the UK of course. Right now the song is currently #10 in the US. Because of this, there’s a whole new interest in this solo album. We didn’t see this coming. So we’re literally working PR and promo on two totally different albums at once by the same artist. AND trying to book two separate tours to support these two very different albums. It’s insane.
c. We’re doing a ton of press, which is always fun, and at the same time we’re working on the music videos for the “Villains” album. Of course we are also planning the US tour, deciding which cities to hit and which other countries to books some shows in. That’s a daunting task. But obviously well worth it once we’re on that stage. We love performing live. It’s THE rush of all rushes. If that doesn’t sound like enough, we’re also in the studio and just about halfway through recording two new “Ed Hale solo albums”. We’re still attempting to get our minds around what these new albums ARE… what their all about… We recorded about 20 songs so far and we’ve found that about a third of them sound like Adult Contemporary, a third of them sound like a more mellow singer/songwriter vibe, and another third sound more like they belong on a Transcendence album. They’re more alt-rock. It’s weird how we work like that. It confuses some people… but not us. We’re used to it.
d. And of course there’s the mysterious The Great Mistake album that we still haven’t officially released, but it’s been sneaking around the internet for a few years. We just found the master tapes and gave them a listen and they sound incredible. Just over the top raw garage rock but catchy as hell. So now we are all involved in this heated debate as to “when should we release this new-new album?” It obviously doesn’t make sense for us to release it now. And yet it sounds so damn good we want to! Take French band Phoenix and mix it with some Strokes and Vampire Weekend… add some early seventies Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground or Wolf Mother and you get a pretty good idea of what the sound of this new new album sounds like. It’s done. Just needs to be mastered. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. I just love it.
Check out the latest issue of the music magazine Magnet for a special feature on Ed Hale. The singer prepared a little holiday present for the uber-hip magazine’s Editors in the form of a custom Mix Tape featuring a list of his “Ten of the Most Important Songs of All Time and Why”. Each song is accompanied by a brief explanation of why Hale chose it and how it has influenced his own music, along with a link to the music video on YouTube.
The article also features a code listeners can use for a free download of the new single “Solaris” from Ed Hale and the Transcendence’s new album All Your Heroes Become Villains. Curious? Though many of you could probably take a damn good guess, we’re not gonna tell you which songs or artists Ed chose. You’ll have to pick up a copy of the magazine for the full list; or simply click here to read it online. The December issue, #083, hit stands today, December 29th.